by Vishaal S Shah
on Jun 9th, 2008

Book Review: Men of Steel by Vir Sanghvi

Men of SteelVir Sanghvi is one of the best-known Indian journalist and an award-winning TV interviewer. Men of Steel is a compilation of his articles on Leadership series that was published in the Indian news daily, Hindustan Times Mumbai.

Men of Steel is an in-depth profile of 11 biggest business barons of India – from traditional industrialists Ratan Tata and KM Birla to new age technology gurus Nandan Nilekani and Azim Premji to telecom wizard Sunil Bharti Mittal and many more. The book captures their candid conversations with Vir Sanghvi as they share their dreams and heartbreaks on the journey to success.

Besides telling the stories of India’s most successful business leaders, the book’s writing itself is a lively, enjoyable format. Vir Sanghvi utilises his expertise of being a seasoned interviewer to unearth some interesting facts and snippets about each of his subjects: how Rajeev Chandrasekhar got mugged on his first day in the US; how Azim Premji is as passionate about soaps as about software; how Sunil Mittal made one of India’s finest companies from scratch – all of which make the interesting read more real.

This book is a must read for anybody who wants to understand the contours of the Indian success story. It is an insight into the new India and offers a glimpse of corporate India’s true leaders.

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